Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Linger (Wolves Of Mercy Falls #2) by Maggie Stiefvater

Linger (Wolves Of Mercy Falls #2) by Maggie StiefvaterLinger by Maggie Stiefvater
Series: Wolves of Mercy Falls #2
Published by Scholastic on July 20, 2010
Genres: Paranormal
Pages: 360
Format: ARC
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4 Stars

In Maggie Stiefvater's Shiver, Grace and Sam found each other. Now, in Linger, they must fight to be together. For Grace, this means defying her parents and keeping a very dangerous secret about her own well-being. For Sam, this means grappling with his werewolf past . . . and figuring out a way to survive into the future. Add into the mix a new wolf named Cole, whose own past has the potential to destroy the whole pack. And Isabelle, who already lost her brother to the wolves . . . and is nonetheless drawn to Cole.

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SPOILERS:  If you have not read the first book in this series, Shiver, do not read this review because it contains spoilers from that book.

If you have followed my blog for a while, you know how much I loved Shiver.  I mean, I adored it.  I couldn’t praise it enough.  In fact, I have loved all of Maggie Stiefvater’s works until now.  Sadly, Linger was nowhere near as good as Shiver and not even close to anything I expected.

Sam and Grace are finally together.  After everything they have been through they deserve to be together and they deserve a break from all the chaos.  Too bad that isn’t going to happen.  Spring is here and the new wolves are shifting back to humans.  This is the first time Sam has met them and he has no clue how bad things are.  Both of the new wolves are hiding shocking secrets about their past and who they are but they aren’t the only ones.  Grace is hiding something from Sam and by the time she admits it, it may be too late.

From the very beginning, I knew that Linger was different from Shiver.  Shiver is told from just Grace and Sam’s POV’s whereas Linger has added two new voices into the mix.  Isabel and Cole are characters from the first book who get a lot more attention in Linger.  At first, I couldn’t understand why Cole was so important but as the book went on I realized what role he played.  Isabel, on the other hand, confused me.  I don’t understand her yet but I hopefully will by the end of the next book.  Sam and Grace are still just as great as always but I didn’t feel the connection to them that I felt in the first book.  Their relationship lost some of it’s meaning when Cole and Isabel were brought in.

The plot was just as good as the first book, if not better.  Linger was definitely a pageturner.  I had such a hard time putting it down.  The whole story was brilliant, especially the ending.  I didn’t see that coming at all.  I was shocked and on the edge of my seat.  It’s a total cliffhanger and now I have to wait another year before I can read the final book.  I hate it!  I want it now!

Overall, Linger wasn’t as good as Shiver but Maggie Stiefvater is incapable of writing a bad book.  If you read and enjoyed Shiver, I recommend running out to buy this one as soon as you can.

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